Pinchas Zukerman: Elgar and Vaughan Williams

Pinchas Zukerman discusses Elgar and Vaughan Williams


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The veteran Israeli violinist Pinchas Zukerman revisits Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending for the first time in more than 40 years in a magical performance with the orchestra of which he is Principal Guest Conductor: the Royal Philharmonic. Zukerman's lark feels more nonchalant and freer than other more mellifluous performances; he plays it effortlessly.

Here Zukerman also plays and conducts a collection of superb English music: Vaughan Williams’ Tallis Fantasia and Elgar’s Introduction & Allegro and Serenade for Strings frame shorter works such as Salut d’amour, Chanson de Matin and Chanson de Nuit.

The recording also includes the world premiere recording of In Moonlight: an arrangement for solo viola, strings and harp of Elgar’s famous Canto Popolare. Well worth discovering.

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